It has been more than 15 months since the initial release of Genshin Impact. The game has evolved and grown in so many ways during its lifespan so far, and we’ve witnessed new, harder content joining the game. The principles of building a new, strong account to face all content has also evolved with the game. While most of our build guides cater towards endgame builds, to challenge the hardest content, it’s my intention to offer guidance for new players similarly, to help them make the informed decision regarding their account. If you’ve been searching for a comprehensive Genshin Impact strategy Guide in 2022, you have come to the right place. In case you want to start with the basics of the game, check out our Genshin Impact Getting Started Guide for that.
Genshin Impact: How to Build A New Account in 2022 | Strategy Guide
There’s a reason version 2.4 is a good place to start your new account. Whether you are a new or returning player, you will find an amazing selection of characters to wish for. Not only that, but the game is seeing one of the biggest events throughout the year, The Lantern Rite event. This event offers some of the most generous rewards, including free wishes, which will help boost any new account.
I recommend new players to start putting a plan together for their account, and this guide will help with offering some useful tips. This guide is also written in light of version 2.4, but the strategy tips can still be applied to other versions of Genshin Impact so fret not, as only character banners change between versions, but the basic strategy stays the same.
Don’t Start With a Character from Inazuma or New Regions
You will see the shiny new characters being added, being fresh and appealing, with all the hype surrounding them from developers and the community. New characters are all tied to the recent story development, and everything about them is mind-blowing. Their lore, appearances, and personality, all beckoning you to wish for them, to acquire them, and build them all. However, building them at the start of the game is not really recommended in my opinion, which not many guides will tell you.
The game starts in the nation of Mondstadt, and you will remain at least a few weeks at a low-level Adventure Rank, wandering between Mondstadt and Liyue. You need to raise your Adventure Rank 30 to get to the main island in Inazuma, and an even higher rank to unlock the other islands.
This is important to identify because the game restricts characters’ ascension material and talent books to their region of origin. This means new characters you unlock will stay at around level 20, and remaind at talent level 1 for the entirety of the leveling up phase, as you can’t reach the region where the required materials for them drop. So it’s better to stick to the established roster of Mondstadt and Liyue characters for starters, and supplement them with Inazuma characters later at endgame.
Wish for a Jack of All Trades, Not a Highly Specific Character
Early in Genshin Impact lifespan, most characters released early on were generalists, aiming to fulfill many roles, not just one. That’s especially true for support characters, whether they are four-stars such as Xingqiu, Bennett, and Fischl, or five-stars such as Zhongli, Kazuha, and Venti. They were suitable for many teams, and could fit several builds, even ones outside their element and main role. Aiming to get these characters, and others similar to them are what make a good foundation for a new account. They can fit in the open world, as well as instanced dungeons, and challenging high endgame content.
On the other hand, newer characters such as Thoma, Gorou, Yunjin, and Kujou Sara in the four-star category, and Shenhe in the five-star category; all are very specific support characters, that only help one type of element, or one type of attack. So while they excel at what they do, they have very limited use, and useless outside of their specific niche. So don’t spend your hard-earned Primogems on them, as a new player.
Build a Team with Varied Elements and Attack Styles for World Exploration
There’s a huge difference between team building in early game world exploration, and high endgame abyss and domains farming teams. On high floors of Spiral Abyss, you are encouraged to build for a certain element, or elemental reactions, to counter enemies. So you could perform optimally with a team that has only two elements, such as a Kaeya and Rosaria Reverse Melt Build or even a team with a mono element, such as an Itto mono Geo team.
In the open world it’s usually the opposite, especially in early Mondstadt and Liyue. You need several elements in a team to tackle various puzzles, and open world mechanics. You also need several weapon types, for the same reason. You need tall characters for sprinting, climbing, swimming, and gliding. You will be spending stamina frequently in the open world, that leaves no stamina for Charged Attacks. Ideally you need a team that doesn’t rely on Charged Attacks to deal damage.
Overall, I recommend world exploration team to include the following:
- Bow character: For bow specific challenges, and shooting enemies on elevated platforms.
- Claymore character: For mining, breaking rocks, and breaking shields.
- One region-specific element: Anemo for Mondstadt, Geo for Liyue, and Electro for Inazuma.
- Cryo element: To freeze water, creating bridges to cross.
- Pyro element: Many chest puzzles are locked behind obstacles you can burn with Pyro.
Note that some characters should fulfil many roles, to free other team slots. For example, Zhongli is a Geo polearm character, but he can still break rocks, and mine with his Elemental Skill’s hold version. On the other hand, Sayu is an Anemo character, a Claymore user, and can also infuse Cryo into her Elemental Skill, so she can freeze water.
How to Build a New Account in Version 2.4
As mentioned earlier, there’re many perks for starting in version 2.4, and you have a good chance for a strong start. The banners well varied, the events are easy and rewarding, and the game has expanded in size since launch, to almost double. Most of these stay true, and gets better for future versions, with only the banners changing, so in this section, I’ll focus on current banners, and how to use them to maximum efficiency.
Characters Banners in 2.4
MiHoYo has recently adopted a new double banner policy, where they feature two five star limited characters at once. This system aims to introduce new characters, as well as re-runs existing characters. So the total number of featured five-star characters raises to four per patch, and offer players a varied selection to pick from.
In 2.4 the featured characters are Xiao and Shenhe as five stars, and Chongyun, Ningguang, and Yunjin as four-star, running from January 5, 2022 to January 25, 2022. Then we have two new banners from January 25, 2022 to February 15, 2022, featuring Ganyu, and Zhongli as five stars, and Yanfei, Beidou, and Xingqiu as four stars.
Analysis of Banner Characters in 2.4
Xiao has been in the game since February, 2021, and this is his first re-run. A hyper carry DPS, Anemo polearm user, who specialize in AOE damage. He needs a very specific team to work, and require massive investment to shine. His main damage dealing method is plunging attacks, and he relies on activating Elemental Burst to start dealing damage. Not free to play friendly.
A new character. Shenhe is a Cryo polearm user, who works only as a support in Cryo teams. She increases team Cryo damage, shreds enemy physical and Cryo resistance, and buffs either Normal/Charged/Plunge attacks, or Elemental Skill/Burst of her team. Requires high energy recharge, and scales her main buff with Attack stat. She relies on her Elemental Burst and Elemental Skill to buff team members. Not beginner-friendly, and only useful in the very endgame, to make your Cryo team deal a little more damage. She also has free to play alternatives.
In the game since version 1.1, back on December 1, 2020, and seen a re-run before in April 28, 2021. He’s a Geo polearm user, who plays as general support. Has the highest shield in-game, best resistance to interruption, and strongest crown control ability. He also shreds all enemy elemental resistances, in addition to Geo, Anemo, and physical resistance. He can use good support artifact sets such as Archaic Petra, or Tenacity of the Millelith. Can be built as either a shield bot, burst damage dealer, or even as a main physical carry. He relies only on an Elemental Skill to buff and shield, so he’s a very flexible character, and the most, free to play friendly character.
One of the highest Cryo main damage dealers in Genshin Impact. She has been in the game since January 12, 2021, and this is her first re-run. Ganyu have a unique playstyle of having two phases of bow charged attacks, to unleash powerful double attacks that can AOE many targets. Charged Attacks require proper aiming, so it’s easier on mouse and keyboard, and harder on a controller, or on mobile. She also needs shield support to not get interrupted while charging her shot for long. But she also has another playstyle that relies on Elemental Burst shotgun enemies. Overall, a strong DPS on her own, but requires a team full of five-star supports to shine. Pick her only if you are sure you like her playstyle, and are willing to spend the rest of your wishes in the upcoming months to get five-star supports for her.
The first four-star character in the current banners is Chongyun, he was in-game since release, and he hasn’t seen much use in top teams. He’s a Cryo support who converts normal, charged, and plunge attacks of melee characters into Cryo damage. Having seen another downgrade in rank after the release of Ayaka who converts her own damage to Cryo. His main DPS role has also been replaced by Rosaria.
One of the original characters as well. Ningguang is a Burst Geo DPS who specializes in single-target and uses a Catalyst. Geo has seen several buffs over patches, so she’s a solid choice if you plan to play the main Geo team. Outside of double Geo teams, she still has some uses, and her main DPS role is not bad, but not perfect either. She could fill in place of some other units in quick swap teams in the early game. The cost of her Burst is very low, she can burst on cooldown without Energy Recharge or help from teammates. She prefers high constellations but functions well at C0.
After Yunjin’s release, Ningguang has a new and unique build that relies on normal attacks more, to play sustained DPS.
A fresh new character, who is also a Geo polearm, but specializes in supporting none-Geo characters, specifically normal attack characters. Yunjin is very strong support, but have a very specific role, and need you to build a team around her. If you are willing to get your head into advanced team building in Genshin Impact from the start, you will find her very rewarding. But if you prefer simple comps, she’s not the best pick for in early game.
Yanfei was released on April 28, 2021, alongside Zhongli, and she’s seeing a return with him once again. She is a pyro catalyst user who can work as a main carry, shield support, or sub healer with a specific weapon. Yanfei synergizes well with Electro units such as Beidou and Fischl, and Hydro units such as Xingqiu. Two of the three are featured in the same banner, which makes it a very good banner to wish on. Yanfei is the best-ranged unit in the game, with auto-aim, very high range, AOE charged attacks, and rapid attack speed. So she can play the role known as “driver” for other off-field DPS characters. She can also be very cheap to build, and free to play friendly. Or she could go full DPS herself.
One of the best off-field main DPS’s in the game, especially in places where it has more than one enemy, but not a very high number of enemies. She’s an electro Claymore user, who has access to some of the better free to play weapons. She functions at zero constellations, but her true potential unlocked at C2. Beidou prefers a fast attacking “driver” to proc her elemental burst with normal attacks. She has many uses in several, beginner-friendly, and advanced teams.
The best Hydro support in-game, for any team that does any form of normal attacks. Xingqiu was one of the original cast, and has been in so many top teams, in all different versions of the game. One of the most future-proof supports, and with investment, he can be a sub DPS as well. He’s the single consistent enabler for all vaporize teams (Pyro+Hydro), as well as Over-Vaporize teams (Hydro+electro+Pyro). There are so many variants of these teams, with Xingqiu being a constant in them all. You rarely can run any account without Xingqiu,
Which Banner Should You Wish On?
I highly recommend wishing on Ganyu/Zhongli banners for new players and skipping Xiao and Shenhe banners altogether. If you apply all guidelines posted earlier in this guide, you will find Ganyu/Zhongli banners usually checks them all. It has characters that work well together, in the form of Beidou, Xingqiu, and Yanfei. They all are existing characters that have their level up and ascension materials available earlier. Most of them are generalists units, that can fit in many teams. It also has a full roster of good four-star characters, who have good constellations, so not a single wish goes to waste. On top of that, both five-stars are highly valuable to a new account and offer a lot to any team.
The short answer is: Support five stars characters are slightly more valuable than five-star DPS. So Zhongli usually has higher priority than Ganyu, even if u plan on pulling Ganyu and playing her as a main. The first reason is that Ganyu‘s Reverse Melt teams highly prefer Zhongli as a shielder. While you can use Zhongli in several other teams, the only team where Ganyu works without other five-star supports is The Bowless Archer, which you still can’t build immediately as a new player. The other reason is Ganyu can’t utilize Xingqiu in freeze teams, because Xingqiu wants normal attacks to work, while Ganyu wants to use Charged attacks.
Finally, you can build several other cheap teams from the characters in the banner, and free guaranteed characters. So you don’t have to spend your wishes on a character you will not find a good use for quickly. But again, that’s only a recommendation for those going for the best way to optimise their gameplay.
What about the Character Reward from the Lantern Rite Event?
There’s an event reward upon completing the event in version 2.4, which grants a Liyue four-star character of your choice. The available characters are Beidou, Chongyun, Ningguang, Xiangling, Xingqiu, Xinyan, Yanfei, and Yunjin. This choice is major, especially for new accounts that will rely so much on the characters they get early on.
For this choice, I’ll not be specific and only give general advice because every account will differ.
Wait for the Last Few Days Before Picking
You should always keep this in mind, as long as the banners are available, and you are clearing content and getting Primogems, you always have the chance to get any four-star character from wishing. This applies also to characters who don’t have an up-rate in the banner since four-stars are not “limited” characters.
So just be patient, and contemplate your choice while you make your wishes on each banner. If an event nears its end, and you still didn’t get the character you desire, then pick it up from the event reward. If you get the character you wants the most from wishes, now you have a chance to get another important character from the event rewards.
New Characters are Usually Better Than Constellations for Existing Ones
That’s true for new accounts since new characters give the player a choice when faced with obstacles the main character can’t get past. Stacking constellations on one character very early on means you’re stuck with the same character, even if the main content hard counters it.
For example, some domains punish certain elements, such as pyro or Electro, while other domains reward these elements. You might find yourself stuck with one domain you can’t complete with your main team, because it’s designed to be countered with certain combinations.
Also, if you skip the Xiao and Shenhe banner, you will probably not have any copies of Yunjin at all, and likely got Beidou, Xingqiu, and Yanfei from Zhongli banner. So now you can pick up Yunjin, and keep her whenever you need her because she’s valuable at endgame.
Not all Constellations are Equal
I’ve gone through some of the most important Constellations to get in a dedicated guide, so I’ll be brief here. Constellations such as C2 for Beidou is a major improvement for her performance; so if you only get her to C1 from wishes on a banner, you should just go grab her C2 from the event reward. On the other hand, if you are somehow at C1 for Xiangling, you should not pick up C2. The reason is, C2 is useless on Xiangling, regardless of her build. Even though her C4 is very good, and C2 gets you close to C4, you shouldn’t waste a guaranteed character/constellation pick on a useless one.
Overall, if you can’t get a new character that you really want from the event reward, seek one of these Constellations: Yanfei C1, Beidou C2, Xiangling C4, Ningguang C2, Xingqiu C1, C2, or C6. Otherwise, pick any of Yunjin’s C2, C3, C4, or C6. She’s the single character with the most useful constellations among the current selection.
Now I’ve wished, and picked up my event reward, what team I can build?
You can follow any of our free to play build guides for specific teams and characters, or get a general idea about which build is right for you to make your own build. I’ll also go quickly through the most possible combinations between banner characters, guaranteed characters, and original five-star characters who you might get if you fail a 50:50 chance on banners.
- Freeze: Kaeya, Xingqiu, Chongyun, Zhongli/healer. Or Ganyu, Mona, second cryo, healer.
- Electrocharged: Keqing, Beidou, Xingqiu, healer. Or Barbara, Beidou, Zhongli, second electro.
- Overload: Yanfei, Beidou, second electro, Zhongli.
- Reverse Vaporize: Yanfei, Xingqiu, Yunjin, Zhongli. Or Diluc, Xingqiu, Anemo, healer
- Over-Vaporize: Yanfei, Xingqiu, Fischl, Bennett
- Reverse Melt: Ganyu, Bennett, Xiangling, Shield character.
- Physical: Zhongli, Beidou, Kaeya, Yunjin
- Mono Pyro: Yanfei, Xiangling, Zhongli, third pyro
This should wrap up the strategy guide for getting a new account started in Genshin Impact. If you enjoyed this Genshin Impact Guide be sure to check out even more info on our Genshin Impact Wiki. You can also keep an eye out for more guides, and be sure to not miss our Raiden Shogun Endless Overload Build Guide as well as our recommended 10 Best Characters to Level to 90 Guide for more ideas on how to optimize your resources in endgame.